Yesterday we went to Advertureland to celebrate Drew's third birthday. Advertureland is an amusement park in Altoona, Iowa. Nothing fancy but it does the trick. The park opened at 10 a.m. and we were first in line. On an overcast day on a 75 degree day, the threat of rain meant no lines for any rides. If the kids wanted to go on the rides 20 times in a row, we let them, and they did. Good stuff.
At the end of the day, Caroline said "This is my best day ever." I think I'd have to agree with her. There were no arguments, Drew only had one meltdown but he recovered nicely. Its amazing what three rides on the sky ride will do for a little man.
The girls became more like dare devils throughout the day. Its wonderful as a Dad to watch your kids experience things for the first time. It reminds you that this life is largely about the experiences you collect as a kid that formulate who you become as an adult. The element of danger, the perceived risk, your parents saying its okay to go out there and live.
The park closed at 6 p.m. and we were there to shut it down. It never rained, not even a drop. Eight hours of rides seemed like the perfect amount.
Life on June 4, 2008 was a one of those days you never have enough of. Taking time off in the middle of the work week to enjoy your family and act like a kid again makes coming back to work on Thursday that much easier.
I was reminded yesterday about how few new experiences adults get to have. We've done it all, haven't we? Maybe we haven't. Short of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, I am going to be on the look-out for new experiences in this life. I encourage you to do the same.